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Vrindavan

A rare poem by Śrīla Bhakti Vinod Ṭhākur.

Vṛndāvan

by Śrīla Bhakti Vinod Ṭhākur

Written on 18 July 1871 in Śrī Purī Dhām and published in Śrī Gauḍīya Darśan on 12 August 1957.

nitya-dhāma vṛndāvana yathā mora kṛṣṇa-dhana
nitya-kāla karena vilāsa
chidānandamaya latā prema-kisalaya yathā
jñānānandamaya kuñja-vāsa [1]

My wealth, Kṛṣṇa, performs His eternal Pastimes in the eternal abode of Vṛndāvan, where there are joyful, spiritual forest cottages and joyful, spiritual creepers replete with sprigs of divine love.

sunirmala upāsanā kālindite vibhāvanā
yathā sadā bhaktera hṛdaye
jīvera ye uchcha-bhāva govardhana āvirbhāva
chare jīva gābhi-rūpa haye [2]

In Vṛndāvan, thoughts of pure service beside the Yamunā are always present in the devotees’ hearts. There, the highest mood manifests at Govardhan, and souls graze as cows.

sakhī-bhāva bhrātṛ-bhāva yathā sadā nitya-bhāva
ānanda yāhāra mātra aṅga
kāma dveṣa ādi yata nāhi yathā kona mata
prema-rūpa rasa mātra raṅga [3]

There, everyone’s disposition is always towards friendship and brotherhood. There, joy is all there is. There, neither lust nor envy nor anything of the sort exist. There, the ecstasy of divine love is the only enjoyment.

dāsya sakhya sumadhura vātsalyādi rasa-pura
vraja-dhāma premera ālaya
janma mṛtyu śodha roga nāhi tathā kare bhoga
premāmṛta jīvera āśraya [4]

The land of Vraja is the abode of the rasas of servitude, friendship, affection, and amorous love. It is the home of divine love. There, souls do not undergo birth, death, healing, or sickness. The nectar of divine love is their sustenance.

abhautika atīndriya sei deśa kṛṣṇa-priya
deśa-kāla atīta sarvadā
bhūtamaya deha laye jaḍāsakta chitta haye
keha nā yāite pāre tathā [5]

That land is supernatural, imperceptible, and dear to Kṛṣṇa. It is always beyond time and space. No one with a material body and materially attached consciousness can go there.

sei jīva bhāgyavāna pāiyāchhe susandhāna
guru-kṛṣṇa prasannatāśraye
manomaya bhūtamaya dehe kari’ parājaya
yāya sei ānanda nilaye [6]

Souls who have discovered the shelter of Guru and Kṛṣṇa’s satisfaction are fortunate. They transcend the mental and physical bodies, and reach that abode of joy.

aprākṛta deha pāi vrajera nikaṭa yāi
sakhī-pada kariyā āśraya
rādhā-kṛṣṇa sevā-sukha bhuñji saba yāya duḥkha
mahābhāva paryanta udaya [7]

They attain a divine body, enter Vraja, take shelter at the sakhīs’ feet, and relish the joy of serving Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. They leave behind all sadness and experience even mahābhāva [the ultimate ecstasy].

ataeva bandhu-jana chala yāi vṛndāvana
ati dūra nahe sei deśa
indriya saṁyama dhari’ antare praveśa kari’
samādhi labhibe avaśeṣa [8]

So friends! Let us go to Vṛndāvan! That land is not very far away. Subdue the senses, enter within, and lastly reach samādhi.

bhūta-bhāva deśa kāla viramile kichhu-kāla
ātmāra dahara vikaśibe
sei bhūmi vṛndāvana jāna ohe sādhu-jana
yathā rādhā-govinda dekhibe [9]

Material time and space will remain for some time, but the soul’s intimate connection with that land will develop. O noble souls! Know Vṛndāvan to be where you will behold Rādhā and Govinda.

tathā keli kutūhale paśibe yamunā jale
sakhī-saha rādhikā sevāya
rādhikā jīvaneśvarī kṛṣṇa-priyā sarveśvarī
prema-vākya kahibe tomāra [10]

There, you will enter the Yamunā’s waters and exuberantly play with the sakhīs in service to Rādhikā. She, Kṛṣṇa’s dearmost, the Mistress of the soul, the Goddess of all, will speak words of divine love to you.

śunibe govinda vaṁśī jīvera hṛdaya daṁśī
bhuvana mātāya yāra rabe
pulaka kadamba-tale tomāya ānibe bale
ḍubāibe premera āsabe [11]

You will hear the sound of Govinda’s flute, which pierces the soul’s heart and maddens the world. That sound will forcibly bring you to the base of a blooming kadamba tree and submerge you in the nectar of divine love.

paśile yamunā jale prema-jvālā āro jvale
dhaḍaphaḍi uṭhibe takhana
puline āgata haye kṛṣṇa-rūpa nirakhiye
eka-bāre habe achetana [12]

You will enter the Yamunā’s waters, and the fire of divine love will burn even more. Your heart will palpitate. Coming back onto the bank, you will see Kṛṣṇa’s form and suddenly faint.

hena vṛndāvana dhāma sarva-jīva abhirāma
chhāḍi yei yāya anya sthāna
tāra sama mūrkha nāi chintā kari’ dekha bhāi
yadi pāo premera sandhāna [13]

This abode of Vṛndāvan is the delight of all souls. There is no fool like one who leaves Vṛndāvan and goes elsewhere. O brother! Consider whether you find divine love anywhere else.

kāminīra saha-vāsa galpa ādi parihāsa
madya kumbha alaṅkāra chaya
sakali duḥkhera mūla sukha bali tava bhula
ei belā bujhaha niśchaya [14]

Living with women, jokes, stories, pots of wine, collections of ornaments, and so on, are all sources of misery. Considering them happiness is your mistake. Now understand this clearly.

dehe jvarā praveśiyā kā̐pāibe tava hiyā
kaphe kaṇṭha paripūrṇa habe
śunite nā pābe kāne nāsikā akṣama ghrāṇe
nirasta ha-iyā chakṣu rare [15]

Fever will enter your body and cause you to tremble. Your throat will become filled with mucus. Your ears will not be able to hear, your nose will not be able to smell, and your eyes will stop functioning.

priya bandhu yāre jāna se tomāra habe āna
aṅgaja karibe avahelā
dvāre pratihāri prāya rākhibe tomāre hāya
bālakera habe tumi khelā [16]

Those whom you consider your dear friends will become strangers, and your descendants will neglect you. Alas! They will stop you at the door like a gatekeeper, and their children will make fun of you.

pūrva ye priyasī tava ebe ghṛṇā kare saba
surā sukha nāhi deya āra
ye asthi charviyā sukha pāibe se ebe duḥkha
danta-hīne ditechhe apāra [17]

All of your former lovers will now despise you, and alcohol will no longer give you any pleasure. The bone you chew and enjoy will now cause you unlimited pain, as you will become toothless.

alaṅkāra paridhāne āra śobhā nāhi māne
ebe mūrti markaṭa samāna
kothā se darpaṇa-rāja kothā se tomāya sāja
chinti’ kara vairāgya vidhāna [18]

You will no longer become more attractive by wearing ornaments. Your body will now look like a monkey. Where is your grand mirror? Where is your outfit? Consider this and become detached.

ataeva ei-kṣaṇe chala bhāi vṛndāvane
nitya-sukha pāibe tathāya
kṛṣṇa-prema nitya-sukha kabhu nāhi deya duḥkha
achyuta padapi yāte pāya [19]

So brother! Let us go to Vṛndāvan now! You will find eternal happiness there. The eternal happiness of divine love for Kṛṣṇa never causes sadness. By it, you will become infallible.

tava aprākṛta deha vṛndāvane pābe geha
jaḍa-deha jaḍete rahibe
pañchatva āpanna hale deha rabe ei sthale
tumi vraja kabhu nā chhāḍibe [20]

You will attain a divine body and a home in Vṛndāvan. Your material body will remain in the material world. When you die, your body will remain here, but you will never leave Vraja.

kahe kedāra-nātha datta ei vṛndāvana tattva
guru mora chaitanya go̐sāi
tā̐ra dāsa saṅga hale jaḍe chitta nāhi chale
chaitanya āśraya kara bhāi [21]

Kedārnāth Datta describes Vṛndāvan’s glory. My Guru is Śrī Chaitanya Gosāi. When you attain the association of His servants, your heart will never drift towards matter. O brother! Take shelter of Śrī Chaitanya!

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